Can I ask you a question, ladies? It’s very important. Okay, not really. It’s about bangs. I got mine trimmed a few weeks ago, and they’ve grown out to where they’re starting to work my nerves. My stylist offers free bang trims, which I know a lot of stylists do, but I’m not quite sure if I should tip her, and if I do, how much. I mean, I love how she cuts my hair. She’s gifted with curls and waves, but it doesn’t take long to trim bangs, and my regular haircuts do cost an arm and a leg… I just don’t want to be rude, but she does stress how the trims are free.
Do you ever take stylists up on their offer of free bang trims, and if you do, do you tip?
In other news, it’s Sunday! Do you know where your tabby cat is? Mine’s on my lap, making biscuits on my thigh.
What are you doing today? Got anything fun lined up? El Hub and I are going out to get breakfast, and then I’ll be back here to work on a project for tonight on the blog. Stay tuned!
The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed
When I went to get my bangs trimmed a couple weeks ago my stylist gave me a sample of Orofluido Beauty Elixer (regularly $32 for a 3.38-oz. bottle) and raved on and on about how it was to going to change my life, starting with my hair.
Iâ€™d never heard of Orofluido before, but itâ€™s a small indie haircare line a little more popular in Europe than here in the States. They only list two products on their website â€” the Beauty Elixer that my stylist gave me, and something new called Shine Spray. Read more…
COWBOY JUNKIE SHADOWS & GLOSS SET
Of course, on the ONE DAY I actually need the only cowboy hat Iâ€™ve ever owned, I canâ€™t find it. Welcome to the story of my life. Wherever you are, my beloved black straw cowboy hat, I reckon we wouldâ€™ve made sweet music together today, taking pictures of ourselves covered in glitter with the new Urban Decay Cowboy Junkie Shadows & Gloss Set ($38).
The new set rides into town for the holidays, kicking up glitter in its wake with four powder shadows, a liner and one lonesome lip gloss.
Three members of the set hail from the Midnight Cowboy eyeshadow gang, known for their eye-catching, dramatic glitter.
But this glitter is like dust on a desert trail (gets everywhere). Midnight Cowboy (a gritty, glittery peachy pink), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (a glittery peachy tan) and Midnight Cowgirl (a glittery gold) leave fallout everywhere â€” beneath my eyes, around my nose and on my cheeks. Shoot, I even found some on Tabs.
I think if youâ€™re going to try to get behind this set, you just gotta go with the glitter and fallout. Resistance is futile. Itâ€™s kinda like the zombie apocalypse that way, I guess. Read more…
LORAC BOX OFFICE HIT
FULL FACE PALETTE
How do you spell a scream, friends? Gaaaaah! perhaps? I had one of those daysâ€¦ I started with grand plans and great expectations to write about, among other things, the beauty godsâ€™ gift to big hair and the new smokey Urban Decay Black Palette, but I hit The Great Wall.
No, not the one in China.
Writerâ€™s block, which you might think I wouldnâ€™t get anymore after four years and 4,000 posts, but I do.
Iâ€™d hoped for witty prose, but all that came out of my fingertips today was gooey green baby poo. At one point I just gave up on the whole sentence thing and decided to take a ton of pictures of the LORAC Box Office Hit Full Face Palette ($35) instead. Read more…
Some mornings I just CANNOT get it together, and even something as simple yet important as operating the coffee maker might as well be quantum physics.
I call those my makeup-for-dummies days, and when they strike I turn to instant coffee my arsenal of tools and tricks to fake a good nightâ€™s sleep.
Canâ€™t have my neighbors mistaking me for the first wave in the coming zombie apocalypse, right?
The latest addition to my makeup-for-dummies kit, NYXâ€™s new Eyebrow Shaper ($8.75), is one of several new eyebrow products from NYX this fall. Itâ€™s a colorless, waxy brow gel in pencil form â€” perfect for sculpting and taming unruly brows â€” and for me it takes the place of having to fill in my brows with a colored brow pencil, wax or eyeshadow, particularly when Iâ€™m tired and/or lazy (read: often). Read more…
A COMPARISON OF URBAN DECAY
Last night when MBB reader Steph B asked this about the Urban Decay Cowboy Junkie Palette ($38), I thought it was a perfect excuse to paint my arm purple.
Hmmâ€¦ Good question. To get to the bottom of it, I busted out some of the similar Urban Decay purples in my stash to do a quick comparison.
I donâ€™t have Purple Haze, but Flash, Freakshow, Ecstasy and Frigid are currently available as singles in UDâ€™s permanent line; AC/DC is from last fallâ€™s Book of Shadows Vol. II.
From the left thatâ€™s Romp (from the Cowboy Junkie Palette), Flash ($17), Freakshow ($18), Ecstasy ($17), AC/DC and Frigid ($18).
Iâ€™d have to say that of these colors here, Romp most closely resembles AC/DC in its pan, but I think it looks more like Frigid (a dark purple with hints of navy blue and black) on the skin. Read more…
HOLIDAY 2010 COLLECTION
Ladies, I havenâ€™t felt very glamorous this weekâ€¦ On a scale of 1 to 10, my glamorousness has been hovering around a -3. With scrunchies in my hair and my bum glued to the couch and wrapped in stretchy pants, Iâ€™ve watched just about every zombie movie and TV show released since 1969. Has it been educational? Sure, but it hasnâ€™t been great for glamor.
The new Clarins Barocco Holiday Collection couldnâ€™t have come at a better time.
Look at all that fancyâ€¦ Itâ€™s like a shot of fabulous straight to the heart!
The floral swirls/filigree designs both inside and out, and the rich berry, gold, black and peach shades seduced the sweat pants right off me (actually, they were raggedy yoga pants). These are products begging to be worn with a shimmery golden gown and dangerously high heels. Read more…
NYX VELVET ROPE
10 COLOR EYESHADOW PALETTE
Oh, my goodness! Look at all that purple. Is this a Prince video or a beauty blog?
Today I left the thugs to their gangstaâ€™s paradise while I escaped yet again to my purple one. I could go on and on about how much I love purple eyeshadow, but the No. 1 reason why I think every girl (or makeup loving boy, for that matter) should play with purple is because of how great it goes with everything.
Alright, I admit Iâ€™m plum biased, but I think purple looks great on almost everyone. Whether brown, green, gray, blue or hazel eyes, the right purple on your lid or lash line can make those peepers POP!
POP! Yeah, I use that word a lotâ€¦but you know what I mean.
Now, brace yourself for a plethora of purple, and behold the new NYX Velvet Rope 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($9.75)! Read more…
CUTICLE OIL PEN
The only thing that could possibly make Sephora Stimulating Lavender Cuticle Oil pens ($12) better would be if you could buy them at bulk prices in packs.
I know Iâ€™ve mentioned it before, but this penâ€™s the frickinâ€™ bomb-dot-com, particularly if your cuticles look like Snooki after a long night at da clubâ€¦
Twisting the bottom soaks the brush tip with moisturizing oil. Then just brush onto dry cuticles. Simple but effective.
I picked one up at Sephoraâ€™s Friends & Family sale, and my only regret is that I didnâ€™t get more.
This Stimulating Lavender version is one of three flavors. Last yearâ€™s was called Nourishing Cuticle Oil (thereâ€™s also Healing Eucalyptus). This one works the same as that one but has a lavender scent. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,